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* Don't worry, Be Happy ! *
Hi Folks,

In Flight Event
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After a British Airways flight reached its cruising altitude, the captain announced: ' Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain. Welcome to Flight 293, nonstop from London Heathrow to Toronto. The weather ahead is good, so we should have a smooth, uneventful flight. So sit back, relax and ..... OH, My Gawd !!'

Silence followed!

Some moments later the captain came back on the intercom. ' Ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry if I scared you. While I was talking to you, a flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!'

One Irish passenger yelled, 'be jezis you should see the back of mine!'
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Children (of all ages) will have been opening their advent calendars recently. Some might even be enjoying little chocolate sweets from inside them. But I know a family who have taken the advent calendar idea a little further. Jake and Jenna's parents came up with a novel plan. They'd still have something to open every morning and there would still be sweets involved - but it wasn't quite as simple as just opening and scoffing !

No, Pete and Marlene made them a Good Deed Box this year. Each morning the children open the box and take out two chocolates and a piece of paper. But wait - before they're allowed to eat the goody they have to follow the instructions on the paper. Each piece has a good deed written on it. It might be something like walking their elderly neighbour's dog, making five people smile or helping take jars and bottles to the recycling banks nearby. Or perhaps they have to do a job around the house or choose a toy they don't use much to give to charity.

Only when the good deed is done does the sweet get eaten. As first the children were full of grumbles, but now they've really got into the swing of it. And do you know what? I just know those sweets will taste all the better for having been well deserved...

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Last week, South Africa held its annual Day of Reconcilliation,. In a country divided so long by so many hatreds, it seemed South Africa was heading for a bloody civil war. Instead they went down the democratic route and decided to live together rather than tearing their country apart.

Up and down our own country there are families or friendships torn apart by hasty, ill-thought words or careless deeds. These wounds become deeper through resentment build up on both sides. It takes a lot of courage to overcome such divisions.

Friends and loved ones are precious in this world and none of us have so many we can afford to lose even one. If you've been separated from someone for no good reason why not follow South Africa's example this festive season and have your own Day of Reconciliation...
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For many years two ladies who had a great love of theatre, used to hold rehearsals for their young charges in a rather run-down church hall. Making sure the children could be heard was always a problem. They used to stress to them that they speak up due to the fact that their Granny was sitting right at the back of the hall and she was a little hard of hearing.

With the intelligence and open-ness of children they stated the obvious - "Well, why doesn't your Granny just come and sit at the front!" Out of the mouths of babes eh ??

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One of my gifts this year was a DVD of Mamma Mia and I look forward to enjoying it and singing along with all the songs ... here's a wee snippet of their work...

Happy New Year (When it comes) I bet these bring back a lot of memories.

Cheers from the land of the Tartan and the Heather, Love Kate xxx.